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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Datum:woensdag 4 december 1974
Tijd:ca 22:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-8-55F
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Martinair Holland
Registratie: PH-MBH
Constructienummer: 45818/242
Bouwjaar: 1966
Aantal vlieguren:35613
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 9 / inzittenden: 9
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 182 / inzittenden: 182
Totaal:slachtoffers: 191 / inzittenden: 191
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Maskeliya (   Sri Lanka)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Surabaya-Juanda Airport (SUB/WARR), IndonesiŽ
Vliegveld van aankomst:Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB/VCBI), Sri Lanka
The aircraft departed Surabaya at 12:03 UTC for a hadj flight to Jeddah with a planned intermediate stop at Colombo. Around 16:30 UTC Colombo Control cleared the flight down from FL350 to FL150. At 16:38, when the flight was 50 nm from Colombo the air traffic controller cleared the flight further down to 5000 feet and to report reaching 8000 feet. At 16:44 Colombo Approach Control then cleared the flight down to 2000 feet and told them to expect a runway 04 approach. The crew were then to report overhead the KAT NDB or when the airfield was in sight. The crew continued their descent until the airplane crashed into the Anjimalai Mountain at an altitude of 4355 feet, about 40 nm East of Colombo.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Collision with rising terrain as the crew descended the aircraft below safe altitude owing to incorrect identification of their position vis-a-vis the airport. The investigation is of the opinion that this was the result of dependence on Doppler and Weather Radar Systems on board PH-MBH which left room for misinterpretation."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: DCA Sri Lanka
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 194 days (6 months)
Download report: Final report

» ICAO Circular 132-AN/93 (213-245)


photo of Douglas-DC-8-55F-PH-MBH
accident date: 04-12-1974
type: Douglas DC-8-55F
registration: PH-MBH
photo of DC-8-55F-PH-MBH
accident date: 04-12-1974
type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-55F
registration: PH-MBH

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Surabaya-Juanda Airport en Colombo-Bandaranaike International Airport bedraagt 3976 km (2485 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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